Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan Environmental Council praised Governor Snyder’s drinking water infrastructure improvement plan announced Thursday on Environment & Infrastructure Week.
“Surrounded by the world’s greatest freshwater resources, all Michiganders deserve clean, reliable drinking water, but after years of neglect our drinking and wastewater infrastructure is in dire need of repair,” said Chris Kolb, MEC president.
Michigan Environmental Council applauded Governor Snyder’s call for a replacement of the Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) on Tuesday.
"Governor Snyder’s call for a CMI replacement highlights the critical importance of investing in environmental clean up," said Chris Kolb, MEC president.
The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) issued the following statement in opposition to SB 652 and SB 653, two bills that would delegate Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s rulemaking and permit authority -- some of the most important functions in state government -- to individuals that represent the regulated industries.
MEC pilots CSA shares as a tool to fight childhood obesity and hunger
While legislative advocacy will always be at the heart of Michigan Environmental Council’s work, we’ve learned that sometimes we have to roll up our sleeves and lead on-the-ground pilots to support our policy goals. Nowhere has this been truer than our work on childhood obesity and healthy food access.
After issuing standards on PFAS, agency aims to surrender its ability to issue similar protections in the future
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued new limits on allowable levels of PFAS — a class of manufactured chemicals — in drinking water and set standards for the clean up of contaminated sites. However, in a separate action, the DEQ attempts to surrender its authority to issue similar environmental protections in the future.
On Thursday, January 25, Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) and Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) will hold a drinking water town hall in Kalamazoo. The event is designed to provide residents an opportunity to learn about their drinking water, including where it comes from, how it is treated and transported on the way to their taps, and what contaminants are potentially present.
From Faygo to Vernors, Michigan is great at making beverages. We’re also a leader at recycling those bottles.
Michigan launched its bottle deposit program in 1976 to protect our rivers and streams from litter, and it’s been a huge success. Ninety percent of the pop and beer cans and bottles sold in the state are recycled, but that’s where the buck stops with recycling in Michigan.
On Wednesday, November 8, leading advocates for the Great Lakes and Michigan’s natural resources denounced an effort by Michigan legislators to lower the state’s standards for ballast water treatment against aquatic invasive species. The bill would be a significant step backward from the state’s long history of leadership in protecting the Great Lakes from new aquatic invasive species. The groups spoke out after the Senate Natural Resources Committee approved House Bill 5095 in a vote of 4 to 1—sending it to the full Michigan Senate for consideration.